Roger Federer believes he certainly has a chance at winning an Olympic medal and is looking at another singles medal at the Tokyo Olympics next year.
Federer has already won two Olympic medals. He clinched a gold in the doubles with Stan Wawrinka in 2008 in Beijing, before settling for silver in 2012 in London.
But a medal this time around, whichever color it may turn out to be, will be equally sweet for Roger Federer as he is in the twilight of his career. A gold medal would, however, be the main goal.
“Of course I think something is possible. Whether this will be in singles, doubles, or mixed. I don‘t know yet what I‘m going to play. I think I would have a chance in singles,” said Federer in a recent interview with SRF, when asked about his chances.
He was accompanied in the interview by another Swiss Olympic great, triathlete Nicola Spirig.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner also said that a medal is always the goal.
“I think I can speak for both of us when I say that in our position a medal is a goal, otherwise you wonder why you even go there in the first place,” Federer added.
He went on to say that when it comes down to one tournament like the Olympics, anything is possible, as compared to an entire season.
While Federer maintained that a medal will be the ultimate goal, the initial aim will be to go into the Olympics at full fitness. That, he says, would help him give it his all at the event.
“At the situation I‘m in right now I have to honestly say that I would be glad to participate. When I‘m 100% fit I would be happy to get a medal. And when I won‘t have one I will be disappointed but I know that I gave everything and can look back proudly: Tokyo has been great, it was another experience and I could participate at another Olympic Games,” he admitted.
“I think it‘s already a success for me when I‘m at 100% and can participate. But a medal should be the goal,” said Federer, who turns 39 in a few days.
The Swiss superstar also expressed that it will be interesting when he plays tennis just for recreation after he has retired. He joked that it won’t matter then if the forehand works or not.
“I will certainly play tennis when I‘m older. I just like to play tennis. It will be interesting for me when I won‘t practice at one point anymore and only play balls. That‘s what I do seldom today as you always file on something,” Federer said.
“Later on it won‘t be the case anymore and so I think it will be an interesting step when I will play with friends and thinking: What do I play here? It doesn‘t matter if the forehand works or not,” the eight-time Wimbledon winner added.